Elizabeth McGarvey, EdD

Elizabeth McGarvey, EdD

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Psychosocial Model of Cancer Screening Avoidance

Investigations of psychosocial and mental health barriers to participation in cancer early detection practices.   

My current research investigates both theoretical and applied components of a psychosocial model of cancer screening avoidance related to the attachment behavioral system. My particular interest focuses on cancer control is within the context of culture, particularly with regard to variations in relevant psychological characteristics across ethnic groups.  An expected outcome of this research is to identify culturally sensitive strategies to reduce different psychological barriers to breast and other cancer screening among women from different ethnic groups.

Investigations of psychosocial and mental health distress related to cancer diagnosis and survival.

 We currently are investigating two lines of research involving the development and use of interactive media for therapeutic interventions related to distress associated with cancer treatment side effects.